Transfer Student Counselors (TroCos)

[under construction for 2019-2020!]


[2017-2018 TroCos —  From left, August Allocco, Graciela Garcia, Ashley Suan, Victoria Hewlett, Sara Tridenti, Ryan Liu, Caio Matias, and Sophie Rader]

Launched in 2011, the Transfer Counselor Program is designed to help incoming transfer students adjust to life at Yale and explore the full realm of their interests. TroCos are students who transferred to Yale in previous years, and who are interested in providing guidance and mentorship to the incoming class. Each new transfer student will be assigned a TroCo during the summer, and this TroCo will serve as both a friend and a mentor to them throughout the academic year. However, accepted students are encouraged to explore the bios of all TroCos, and to contact any TroCo with questions specific to his or her academic or extracurricular interests. All Trocos are happy to answer any and all questions about the Yale experience.

Head Counselors

August Allocco, Trumbull College ‘18

Hey transfers! Congratulations on your acceptance to Yale! I’m thrilled to serve as one of your head transfer counselors. I transferred to Yale as a junior after attending West Point for two years. I’m now a rising senior in Trumbull College majoring in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Outside of class I compete with the Yale Triathlon Club and work as a student EMT with Yale EMS. I’m also working on a couple research projects, both here on campus and at the School of Medicine. If you have any questions at all about Yale, premed, or life in general please don’t hesitate to get in touch! I’ll be in New Haven all summer and would love an excuse to buy you lunch. Looking forward to meeting you in the fall!

Victoria Hewlett, Silliman College ‘19

Hello!  I’m a rising junior this year studying the Ethics, Politics and Economics program.  I transferred to Yale last fall from Northeast State Community College in the tiny town of Blountville, Tennessee.  During the fall, I flirted with several extracurricular options and ultimately served on the Yale College Council’s Transfer Student Task Force.  I decided to take a break from school and, in spring 2017, spent time with family and friends in Tennessee, South Carolina, and New Mexico.  I’m a serial political volunteer, and I am currently very active with a campaign called Brand New Congress.  I help coordinate a team of volunteers who are seeking out excellent servant-leaders from across the U.S. to primary Republican and Democratic incumbents in Congress.  This summer, I’m interning in Louisville, KY, for the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, more specifically with the Refugees and Immigrants Succeeding in Entrepreneurship (RISE) program.  Ultimately, I would like to live in some cute rural mountain town, working in community and economic development in the public or non-profit sector.  I’m honored to serve as one of your Head TroCos this year, and I cannot wait to meet each of you!  If you need anything at all over the summer, please reach out to me.


Lucy Baldwin, Grace Hopper College ’19

Hi! My name is Lucy Baldwin and I am a rising junior in Hopper College, majoring in the History of Art.  I transferred to Yale in the fall of 2016 after a year at the University of Virginia. I was lucky to be welcomed not only by the transfer community, but also my older brother, Henry, who is now a rising senior in Saybrook College.  I am from Darien, CT, which is less than an hour away from Yale’s campus, but I spent my high school years at Deerfield Academy in western Massachusetts, so it’s nice to be back in my home state! At Yale, I am a member of the Polo team, the COO for Kappa Alpha Theta, a volunteer for Circle of Women, a member of the Investment Board for Smart Women Securities, and a manager for Women’s Leadership Initiative.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Yale as a transfer student and I can’t wait to welcome you all to the Yale College community! 

Genevieve Davis, Morse College ‘19

I am a rising junior in Morse College. I transferred to Yale last fall from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. I am so happy to be back in the northeast! I am from New York City and I went to high school at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where I was a boarding student. I am majoring in history at Yale with a focus on global history and its impact on modern day life. I am also interested in international relations. Additionally I participate in Spoon University and Circle of Women, and I am a member of Alpha Phi. My email is I can’t wait to meet all of you and welcome to Yale!

Daniel Do, Pauli Murray College ‘19

Hey! My name is Daniel and I’m a rising junior in Pauli Murray College studying Cognitive Science and Philosophy. I’m especially interested in moral psychology, moral philosophy, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. If you’re even remotely interested in any of these things, we should talk! When I’m not staring into space, I like to hike, bike, play chess, listen to podcasts, “read” audiobooks, look for new music, watch sci-fi movies, and talk to people I disagree with. Several times a year, I volunteer as a Yale Splash instructor and teach introductory classes on epistemology and ethics to high school students. I also manage a HONY-esque Facebook page called Behind the Science that humanizes scientists and showcases their research. I’ll be in the SF Bay Area this summer, so hit me up if you’re around!

Graciela Garcia, Grace Hopper College ‘18

Hi everyone! My name is a Graciela, and I’m a rising senior in Hopper College, majoring in math. Previously, I attended Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR for two years before coming to Yale. Coming from such a small school in the small town where I had been born and raised, to an Ivy like Yale was quite a change for me, but as I expected, Yale has offered me countless opportunities to grow and better myself. On campus, I tutor in calculus and also work in the Yale Tax Department. When I’m not buried in either work or math problem sets, I spend my free time eating good snacks, petting my paraplegic hamster, and postponing all tasks in order to catch up on my Netflix/Hulu shows. After I graduate this year, I’m planning on either pursuing a master’s degree in math/education, or just simply entering the adult world as a teacher (still haven’t decided). I’m so happy you have chosen Yale and cannot wait to welcome you to campus and to the transfer program. I’ll be in New Haven all summer, so feel free to hit me up with any questions or concerns, as I’d be happy to help!

Lewis Ho, Branford College ‘19

Hey, I’m Lewis, a junior. I transferred from Deep Springs College and study economics. I intend to get a PhD in economics after I graduate, and in my spare time I work as a research assistant. I also like to read, hang out with friends, and ride my bike; occasionally I throw a dance party with some other transfers. I look forward to meeting you all!

Ryan Liu, Morse College ‘18

Hi transfers! First off, congratulations on your acceptance! My name is Ryan Liu and this is my second year as a TroCo. I transferred from Pasadena City College in California, where I was involved in community organizing, campaign work, and student advocacy. I’ve interned on Capitol Hill, coached a Speech & Debate Team, and founded a small e-commerce business. Last year, I worked on the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign as a member of the Hillary for America Millennial Victory Council and as the National Chair of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Millennials for Hillary, a grassroots coalition that engaged young AAPIs to support Clinton. At Yale, I’m a Political Science major, with an interest in examining the role of education in expanding access to socioeconomic mobility, and I’m an undergraduate director’s fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. I’m writing a year-long senior thesis in political science on free community college “Promise” programs and will be spending my summer conducting research and working on the issue with the College Promise Campaign in DC. I’ve been involved with the Yale College Council, the Asian American Student AllianceSigma Chi, and the Yale International Relations Association. I hope to eventually pursue a career in law and in public service. Outside of class, you can usually find me at Starbucks. I can’t wait to meet you all and please feel free to reach out with any questions!

Caio Matias, Silliman College ‘18

Hi everyone! My name is Caio Matias, and I am a rising senior at Silliman College, majoring in molecular, celular and developmental biology.  I transferred to Yale after completing my associate’s degree in biology/pre-Med at Essex County College in New Jersey, where I spent most of my time volunteering at the local hospital and running our school’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Outside of class, I have shadowed a physician and will be joining a biomedical research lab this Fall. I also enjoy watching/playing soccer, listening to classic rock n’ roll, dissecting Kendrick Lamar songs, and watching classic movies. I’ll be in Jersey this summer and I’m happy to meet up or answer any questions you may have.

Sophie Rader, Branford College ‘19

Hi! My name is Sophie Rader and I’m a rising junior in Branford College, majoring in Psychology. I’m also interested in studio art, religious studies, and ethnicity race and migration. I transferred to Yale in the fall of 2016 from Pomona College in sunny California, but I’m originally from Chappaqua, New York. On campus, I am a research assistant in the Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain Lab, I do technology work for  Yale Model Government Europe, and I am a member of Pi Beta Phi. I’m also the Director of Fundraising for a student-run girls’ education-focused nonprofit organization called Circle of Women, and we’re looking for new members, so if you’re interested please hit me up! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, or just to say hi! I’m so excited to welcome you all to Yale in the fall.

Liam Riley, Timothy Dwight College ‘19

My name is Liam Riley and I’m a rising junior in Timothy Dwight College studying African-American Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. I’m involved in the Yale Political Union, the Af-Am House, work for Dwight Hall and the Office of LGBTQ Resources, and am a member of Mixed Company of Yale a capella singing group. I plan to go to grad school or law school after taking some time to work through AmeriCorps in some form of community service in my hometown of Minneapolis. I transferred from Columbia University after my first year. You can reach me on Facebook or at

Andrew Sparkman, Berkeley College ‘19

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to welcome you all to Yale! I’m a rising junior who transferred from the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science as a rising sophomore, and I am now pursuing a degree in applied mathematics with a concentration in economics. When it comes to extracurriculars, I play violin in the Berkeley College Orchestra, I have a part-time job matting and framing art at the Yale University Art Gallery, I’m a leader in a Christian fellowship group called Chi Alpha, I’m a member of Yale Undergraduate Diversified Investments, and I’m a research assistant in the Department of Economics, mainly focused on fighting immigration bans. After undergrad, I hope to attend law school, but I’m also looking into economics/computer science programs. You can reach me at or through Facebook!

Ashley Suan, Berkeley College ‘18

My name is Ashley Suan and I am a rising senior in Berkeley College. I transferred to Yale in the fall of 2015 after completing my first year at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. I am originally from Baltimore, MD, but I spent my high school years as a boarding student at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ. At Yale, I am an American Studies major with a concentration in audio, visual, literary, and performance cultures. Outside of academics, I play on the Women’s Varsity Squash team, sing and play fiddle in Yale’s American folk music group, Tangled Up in Blue (TUIB), and am a member of Pi Beta Phi. I can’t wait to meet you all and welcome you to Yale and the Yale transfer community this fall!

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Constance Thurmond, Ezra Stiles College ‘19

Greetings fellow Yalies! I am a rising second-semester junior in Ezra Stiles College. I transferred to Yale University after graduating from Miami Dade Honors College in Miami, FL, with an Associate of Arts in Philosophy. Before transferring, I was the President of a student-led organization called Human Rights Alliance, and partnered with different Miami-based non profits to aid victims of sex-trafficking, and raise community awareness on anti-human trafficking legislation. I was also vice-president of Model United Nations. Here at Yale, I study Ethics, Politics and Economics with a concentration in human trafficking. On campus, you’ll find me  dancing with Yale Ballet Company and Sabrosura ( Yale’s Latin dance team) , consulting with TAMID, working with Yale College Council to improve the transfer and non-traditional student experience, leading a bible study with Yale Chi Alpha, in the woods with FOOT or working at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition. After Yale, I hope to pursue a career in either law or in the nonprofit sector. Please contact me with any of your concerns or to say hello — whether that be questions about classes or what clothes to bring to the Northeast! See you soon!


Joshua Tranen, Pierson College ‘18

Hey, everyone! I’m Josh Tranen, a rising senior in Pierson College. Last fall, I transferred to Yale after studying abroad in Israel and attending Yeshiva University in New York City. At Yale, I’m majoring in American Studies, where I concentrate on queer literature, theory, and culture. On campus, I work for the Yale Writing Center and am currently a research assistant for Professor George Chauncey, a historian of US lesbian and gay history. In my free time, I read and write creative nonfiction, and stalk my favorite literati and activists on Twitter. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Yale, American Studies, or just want to say hi!

Sara Tridenti, Pauli Murray College ‘19

Hi, everyone, and welcome to the Yale community! My name is Sara Tridenti and I am a rising junior in Pauli Murray College. After spending a year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) studying chemical engineering, I transferred to Yale to seek a broader, liberal arts education. Now I’m a dual major in Chemistry and the History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health Departments, with interests in understanding how science can affect society and what communicative devices can be used to share science with a wider audience. Outside of the classroom, I complete research in the Paleobotany division of the Peabody Museum of Natural History, wander around in the wilderness from time to time with Yale Outdoors, hold conversations in broken German, and dabble in writing scientific poetry. I hail from New Hampshire and will be headed there at the beginning of July, and I’ll be glad to meet up or to simply answer any questions you may have!